Samsung Galaxy S8: Release Date, Features And Everything Else You Need To Know

Posted: Mar 13 2017, 1:25am CDT | by , in News | Technology News

 

Samsung Galaxy S8: Release Date, Features and Everything Else You Need to Know
 

The Samsung Galaxy S8 is critical for Samsung after the Galaxy Note battery debacle of 2016.

The MWC 2017 played host to some of the most amazing smartphones and smart wear till now. Although, the year hasn’t ended yet, especially considering that one of the most anticipated smartphones of this year is still to be announced.

Yes, we are talking about the pride of Samsung, the Galaxy S8. Samsung faced a major snow storm following the unfortunate incidents with their ex-flagship Galaxy Note 7, which required Galaxy S8 to be a superstar when launched.

A lot rides on the 5.8-inch OLED display smartphone, the primary reason that Samsung delayed its official announcement in MWC 2017 is reported to be because the phone is going through some intensive battery tests and major upgrades.

Reimagined Design:

Samsung has often heard critics quoting their Galaxy S series as “same design with a larger scaling”, this quote will become extinct once the Galaxy S8 marches into the markets. Unlike previous Galaxy S series phones and iPhone, Galaxy S8’s design is completely reimagined and will definitely surprise the world with its sleek, edge-to-edge, magnificent design, which will be followed by an arsenal of latest features. Rumors followed all over the social media about the new Samsung Galaxy S8 design but a visual reference was only provided by Evan Blass.

The extremely reliable source tweeted the rumored official 3D render of the upcoming smartphone. That render surprised everyone, and that started an unimagined excitement around the smartphone, spawning hundreds of rumors, leaks, and official reports. Samsung bids farewell to the “Samsung” logo on top, and the pill-shaped home button at the bottom.

The top bezel is squashed with several sensors along with the front-cam. The new “edge-to-edge” display is extremely large when compared with the frame of the device. Very minimal bezels remain at the bottom and the top, the top one is fitted with front-cam and sensors while the bottom-one is empty. Expect to see the fingerprint scanner at the back of the phone, there was simply no space left in the front!

Featuring the display panel with two edges:

Samsung Galaxy S8’s competitor, LG G6, raced the Galaxy S8 in getting the best display screen and got trumped by their opponent. Samsung Galaxy S series smartphones are known to pack the best display screens with unusually practical display resolutions, and Galaxy S8 is no exception to Samsung’s tradition. The Galaxy S8 is reported to be sporting a Super AMOLED display with the “traditional-in-Samsung’s flagships” display resolution, 1,440 x 2,560, Quad HD+.

According to reliable sources, the display panel in Galaxy S8 is optimized to consume lesser battery power. What’s new is that Samsung has reportedly switched its subpixel arrangement format from Diamond PenTile to Standard RGB stripe format. The switch will increase the subpixel count from 7.3 million to around 11 million, which would provide a superb experience in VR applications. Samsung has most likely adopted the rounded corners style of the display screen featured in LG G6.

Leaked 3D renders showed this styling format along with all the leaked live images. But the news was made concrete when Evan Blass tweeted the spec-sheet of Galaxy S8 and S8+, which specifically mentioned the size of the display as a rectangle, and rounded-corner-to-rounded-corner. Galaxy S8’s display is 5.8 inches if measured as a full rectangle and 5.6 inches if measured from the original rounded corners. The same measurements for Galaxy S8+ are 6.2 inches / 6.1 inches.

Cameras:

Dual-camera feature may be hot and exciting for most smartphone companies but a tech giant like Samsung can’t hinder easily, especially when it is confident with their own single-camera. Samsung hasn’t changed much on the camera side in comparison with the Galaxy S7, the same 12MP dual pixel camera will be present on the back of Samsung Galaxy S8 duo. Don’t be disappointed by that news though, there is a smart reason behind the unchanged camera setup of Galaxy S8.

The Guardian reported that Samsung has been busy in developing advanced software upgrades to improve the camera result of Galaxy S8, expect a completely augmented image processing mechanism. Improved low-light imaging, better image quality, and increased shutter speed is on top of the list. iPhone taught us the lesson that the quality of a camera doesn’t always depend upon who got more MPs, let’s wait and see if Samsung can prove that right. The front camera however, is a total Rockstar for selfie shenanigans out there.

Galaxy S8 will feature an 8MP front camera, 3MP addition if compared to the front camera of Galaxy S8! That’s not all, Samsung has understood the value of image processing and is reported to have upgraded the selfie-cam software of Galaxy S8 to snap better selfies than ever.

Power House:

Samsung chooses only the latest chipsets for its flagships, but this year Samsung took the word “Competition” to another level. Qualcomm launched their latest SnapDragon 835 chipsets this January and still, none of the smartphones released in MWC 2017 had the SD835 listed as their chipset. Why, you ask? Simple, Samsung literally bought the whole batch of SD835 chipsets that were available for sale on its launch, leaving absolutely nothing behind for its competitors. Even the LG G6 is going to make-do with the previous SD820 chipset.

Note that SD835 may not be a huge improvement in terms of new features, but the chipset is a massive upgrade in technical fields like power consumption, image processing speed, augmented connectivity, closer to 4K display, and quick-charging. Since the news of no physical home button in the Galaxy S8, it was speculated that the fingerprint scanner will now be placed in the back. The speculations were true, but Samsung’s move was something that even the best analysts couldn’t workout.

According to reports, the “rectangular” fingerprint scanner is placed beside the main camera instead of being placed in the center as a circle below the main camera. Don’t worry, if you think it will be awfully hard for you to land your finger on the scanner instead of the camera, Samsung has other solutions for you. Galaxy S8 will have an iris scanner, which was first introduced in Note 7. If that doesn’t fill your needs, a highly accurate and speedy facial recognition option will allow you to unlock your phone in 0.01 seconds just by looking at it. There have been a few rumors suggesting that the home button is placed at the back, but due to many credible reasons, it seems to be improbable that Samsung would adopt a signature of their opponent.

For those who were terrorized by the “no audio jack in Galaxy S8” news, you guys can take a sigh of relief. There has been no official report suggesting such a move by Samsung. Also, leaked live images and 3D renders of the smartphone have an audio jack present next to the Type-C USB port on the bottom-edge of the device. It might be possible that Samsung once considered the change, but the end result clearly shows that the 3.5mm jack stays. Another good news is that AKG Acoustics will tune the audio presets of Galaxy S8. AKG Acoustics were behind the roof-blowing speakers that were such a hit in Galaxy Tab S3. MWC 2017 brought another news that the earphones present in the upcoming smartphone’s packaging will also be manufactured by AKG Acoustics.

Release date details and pricing speculations:

Samsung, along with a short teaser of Galaxy S8, dropped the news that Galaxy S8 will be announced on 29th of March in an event in New York. Information released by reliable sources suggested that Samsung Galaxy S8 will be available for pre-order from 10th of April while shipments will start on 21st of April. Evan Blass provided an update with a rumor suggesting that the official date of initiating shipments has been pushed forward by a week, making 28th of April the official date of shipment initiation. This prolonged timeframe from announcement to official release matches with Samsung’s habit.

The manufacturer were unclear on pricing structure of their upcoming flagship duo, so we have to rely on rumors and analysts’ reports for now. A pretty gullible report was offered by Goldman Sachs, suggesting that a 15-20 percent increase in raw material has been witnessed since the Galaxy S7. According to that information, Galaxy S8 might surpass the price tag range of $800 at launch. Though a silent increment of $20 in iPhone 7 Plus was made by Apple, which could also be the case in Galaxy S8. Nothing is sure for now, we can only wait for the cards to show on the table.

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